CAST Guidelines for Professional Practice

CAST members practising Sandplay Therapy are asked to be aware of and adopt a professional attitude towards the following recommendations:
  1. Upon request, CAST members will disclose to clients their qualifications to practise Sandplay Therapy.
  2. CAST members will refrain from giving false information about their qualifications.
  3. CAST members will explain terms, conditions, and standards of practice to potential clients so that the clients can make sound decisions about entering into Sandplay Therapy with a particular therapist.
  4. CAST Sandplay therapists will practise within their limits of expertise and within the scope of Sandplay Therapy as an appropriate modality.
  5. Therapists shall never make false or unrealistic promises to clients regarding the outcome of a Sandplay Therapy process.
  6. Therapists will ensure that fees are clearly negotiated with clients.
  7. CAST members practising psychotherapy shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, country of origin, gender or sexual orientation.
  8. When services to clients must be interrupted or terminated by the therapist, the professional will notify clients promptly and will help facilitate referrals or transfers to other professionals with regard to the clients’ needs and preferences.
  9. Confidentiality of client case material will be maintained unless special circumstances, such as those outlined in (12) below, prevail.
  10. Clients will be informed about confidentiality and its limitations during the first session.
  11. Disclosure of confidential client material shall occur only in special circumstances:
    a) when written consent is given by the client for a specific purpose,
    b) when it is legally required,
    c) when the client is at risk of harming him/herself or others, or
    d) when the therapist presents the material during supervision. Trainees who are fulfilling supervision requirements will inform clients that their cases may be reviewed with the trainee’s supervisor.
  12. Therapists will obtain written permission from clients or parents/guardians before using audio or video recording of sessions.
  13. Written consent given by the informed client or parent/guardian of a client will be attained before the client’s case material is used for presentations or publications for training, research, or professional development. When consent is given, measures will be taken to protect the identity of the client.
  14. All photographic material related to a client’s case material shall be stored in confidential files for a minimum of 10 years after completion of the client’s process.
  15. Therapists will put measures in place for the responsible transfer of confidential client material to a colleague for safe-keeping in the event of incapacitation or death of the therapist.
  16. Therapists will neither invite nor commit any sexual act with, or in the presence of, clients, nor engage in any inappropriate relationship with clients.
  17. Therapists will not engage in sexual intimacy with former clients for at least two years after cessation or termination of professional services.
  18. CAST members will not accept into therapy persons with whom they have had a prior sexual relationship.
  19. Therapists will refrain from exploiting therapeutic relationships with clients for social, personal and/or financial reasons.
  20. In order to ensure that clients receive adequate and appropriate services, therapists will make every effort to ensure that they are of sound physical, emotional, and/or mental health.
  21. CAST members practising psychotherapy will never treat clients when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  22. CAST members will aspire to continuing to understand, study, and reflect upon clients’ psychological processes in order to provide as safe and protected environments as possible for the psychological well-being of the client.
  23. CAST members shall refrain from making unfavourable comments or statements about or against other therapists in any public forum.


Members of CAST/ACTJS are asked to review and be aware of the Code of Ethics for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, of which CAST/ACTJS is a national member, at